Taco Bell breakfast became a reality today as the quick-service restaurant became the latest quick-service restaurant to offer the day’s first meal. They did it with the help of Ronald McDonald. Well, several Ronald McDonalds.
The Taco Bell breakfast menu consists of five basic items. A Waffle Taco that trades the traditional taco shell for a waffle and fills it with your choice of meat, eggs and cheese. A Breakfast Burrito and a A.M. Grilled Taco that both use a traditional tortilla and a A.M. Crunchwrap that is a breakfast version of their Crunchwrap Supreme. You can get each item with your choice of bacon or sausage and steak is available on on the Crunchwrap and the burrito. There is also a Sausage Flatbread Melt.
Beverages available are soft drinks, Coffee and Tropicana orange juice.
Taco Bell rolled out an excellent commercial for its breakfast using people across the country named Ronald McDonald.
For our first order at the RealLifeSTL World Headquarters here’s what we went with.
A.M Crunchwrap with bacon
Here’s what we thought.
A.M Crunchwrap with bacon
I got this combo that also include the Delights and a drink for $4.49. For the drink you have a choice of coffee, OJ or a fountain drink. I was expecting something a little bigger, but overall it wasn’t bad. The hashbrown could could have been a little crispier and that would have made it better. On the website they tout “flavorful bacon”, but I didn’t really think that bacon had all that much flavor. One woman in the office said she liked the sauce that gives it a bit of kick, but no sauce is mentioned on the website. I also thought I tasted a sauce. Maybe it’s part of the bacon? Although it wasn’t a bacon flavor I tasted.
Nutrition: 660 calories/370 from fat, 41 grams of fat/12 saturated, 1280 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of protein
Waffle Taco with Sausage
I was surprised at how small this was. Another woman in our office suggested ground sausage rather than a sausage patty. That seems like it would be a good idea. If a McGriddle is a 10 on the flavor scale, this waffle may be 1 or less. I would hope that some brainiac in a suit didn’t convince them that they would turn people off if the waffle was too flavorful. The taco is supposed to come topped with maple syrup, so maybe mine just didn’t have enough on it. This Thrillist article from last year talks about the testing of the taco Taco Bell did in California. It leads me to believe that Taco Bell employees in California are much better at making these than in St. Louis. Also, the article mentions the test ones were priced at 89 cents. I would have been a lot happier with this at $.89 than at the $1.99 I paid.
Nutrition: 370 calories/210 from fat, 23 grams of fat/7 saturated, 550 milligrams of sodium, 12 grams of protein
2-pack Cinnabon Delights
These were the best part of the meal for one one in our office. She said she would go back just for these. You really can’t go wrong with “warm, golden bite-sized pastries filled with Cinnabon® frosting and covered with Makara® cinnamon sugar”.
These are sold in packs of 2,4 and 12.
Nutrition: 160 calories/80 from fat, 9 grams of fat/2 saturated, 80 milligrams of sodium, 2 grams of protein
Would I go back? Yes, almost solely because today was the first day. I would like to try some of the other things on the menu as well.
If I had my choice of quick-service breakfasts, Taco Bell wouldn’t be my first choice. In my mind you can never go wrong with Hardee’s. The Egg McMuffin from McDonald’s will always be a classic. The CROISSAN’WICH from Burger King is underrated. The Chick-Fil-A Chicken, Egg & Cheese on Sunflower Multigrain bagel is downright amazing and the White Castle breakfast menu is a guilty pleasure.
Total Frat Move exposed the world to this video and I couldn’t resist including it.